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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.26.34 PMThis week has been a crazy one for camera announcements. Not only did Blackmagic blow the lid off of NAB once again with the announcement of the URSA camera, but Digital Bolex brought their A-game to the world of black and white cinematography, and Apertus (despite the fact that they couldn’t make it to NAB) announced that the Axiom Beta is well on its way. Perhaps the most interesting camera announcement, however, came from hardware-manufacturer AJA, as they announced the arrival of a brand new 4K cinema camera simply called CION. We just got wind of the full specs on this camera, and even caught a glimpse of some early footage. Check it all out down below. More »

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No Film School at NAB 2014, Joe Marine and AJA's Andy BellamyThe announcement of AJA’s first camera, the $9,000 global shutter 4K CION, has camera enthusiasts buzzing. Our team on the floor here in Vegas got a chance to speak to AJA about the new camera, asking important questions ranging from sensor sourcing, RAW capability and availability. Hit the jump to watch the video. More »

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AJA 4K CameraIt looks like another hardware maker has entered the camera arena. First it was Blackmagic, who mainly made recorders and broadcast hardware, introducing the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Now we have AJA, makers of very similar products as Blackmagic, introducing a camera of their own. The camera, called the CION, will record 4K and should be priced somewhere around $9,000. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Watch: Light Iron's Michael Cioni Tours Media Innovations (Including Final Cut Pro X) - nofilmschoolLight Iron is a post-production company that is no stranger to innovation. The company is known for its handling of Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its end-to-end 4K production — as well as its on-set hardware and software tools. Given LI’s progressive attitude, it isn’t too surprising that CEO Michael Cioni recently sat down to present a variety of non-Light Iron production tools (with one exception) that he sees as innovations. Cioni hits upon MōVI, the Canon C500, Ki Pro Quad, LI Live Play, and FCPX, all within the context of why and how they are future-ready. To see this innovator’s thoughts on production innovations, check below. More »

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AJA is making some big news at NAB, as they just announced the Ki Pro Quad, a 4K recorder that takes the best features of the Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini, and adds 4K RAW support. Canon is working closely with AJA to support the 4K C500 camera, and they were showing it off connected to the KPQ at their booth. AJA has finally added a reference monitor with playback, so you can be sure that you are actually recording when you hit the button on the Ki Pro Quad. I had a chance to talk with Andy Bellamy of AJA about the KPQ, and embedded below is a video showing the device and the conversation I had with Andy. More »

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This being my first time at NAB, it’s a little overwhelming with the incredible amount of exhibitors on hand. It should also be noted there are not a team of shooters and editors on hand to help me out – just me shooting and uploading everything you see (if you’re wondering why some videos might take so long to be uploaded). Some of the biggest news of the first day was the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, which I had a few moments to play with and take a look at, and I also had a great interview with Simon Westland of Blackmagic. Some other big news was the announcement of the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K recorder, and SmallHD’s new DP7 display, which has two versions – one with a very bright LCD and the other with an OLED – which reproduces colors impeccably. More »

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The new Intel/Apple thunderbolt interface is much simpler and potentially cheaper than previous high-speed solutions. It’s also much more versatile, with a display interface built-in; on-set data wrangling, for example, stands to become a more straightforward and more compact operation with thunderbolt. At Amsterdam’s IBC tradeshow this weekend, each of the leading video hardware companies introduced new thunderbolt interfaces: More »

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One of the main differences between cameras costing >$10k and cheaper HD/DSLR camcorders is the recording codec. Out of necessity (or simply because manufacturers want to differentiate their lineups), the cheaper cameras generally ship with a lossy compression scheme that doesn’t hold up as well to color correction. The solution is an external recorder (provided your camera has a good HDMI or HD-SDI output), and the Aja Ki Pro Mini is a nicely-sized $2k recorder that uses Apple ProRes (pictured next to its bigger brother, the Ki Pro). The Ki Pro Mini has been out for a few months but it’s been fairly hard to find in terms of availability, and now it’s in stock at B&H Photo. For anyone who’s been thinking of upgrading their current rig with an external recorder, the Mini is a top candidate; here’s a review at ProVideo Coalition, and here’s a video overview from AbelCine: More »